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Quotes From Billy Graham

The following quotes have been taken from his World Aflame book.

pg. 47-8 — And as Carl Henry says: In his desire to control the universe, man repeatedly puts himself in God’s place but the idea of God’s Son as a substitute in man’s place he dismisses as incredible nonsense

pg. 48 — From many universities come these ideas: First, man is only an animal; Second, existence is a chemical accident; Third, the struggle for survival has made man what he is; Fourth, morality and standards of conduct are derived only from a sociological context; Fifth, man lives in and for this world only and any further thought is unscientific.

pg. 51 — In a bull session at Harvard, a student observed: Does it not seem strange that millions should be spent trying to create life or to discover its origin? Is not our number one problem to care for the life we already have?

pg. 51 — Either man began nowhere and is looking for someplace to go or he began somewhere and has lost his way.

pg. 83 — There is a strong movement… to recast the Christian message in order to make it acceptable to modern man.

pg. 83 — Karl Barth…in a scathing denunciation of these demythologizers says… In trying to make Christianity plausible for skeptics they have succeeded only in making it meaningless.

pg. 88 — The inescapable implication of a counterfeit is that the real thing exists. No one ever counterfeited a seventy-five dollar bill. Every counterfeit bears witness to the reality of the currency it captures

pg. 127 — Ask the scientist and he cannot give an answer. I have asked a number of scientists questions concerning life after death an most of them say ‘we just do not know’.Science deals in formilas and test tubes. There is a spiritual world that science knows nothing about.

pg. 141 — At birth our sex is settled, the very frame of our body is already determined.

As to the second to last quote, all we can say is that scientists need to be evangelized not have their theories accepted. Science, especially secular science, does not know more than God. For the quotes from page 83, even today we have people trying to change the christian message to make it more attractive to unbelievers. IF you change God’s message then you are not bringing God’s message to the lost. Finally, the last quote reminds us that transgender issues are not a 21st century problem ut has existed for a long, long time. The gender one was born as is the gender they are, anything else is a product of deception.

 

It’s A Cave

Archeologists announced this week that they have discovered a 12th cave, which may have once held hidden scrolls from the Second Temple period. http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/12th-dead-sea-scrolls-cave-is-discovered.html

It is a possibility it was a 12th cave but lets not read into anything since the evidence is not there to support the conclusion

“The jars were all broken and their contents removed, and the discovery toward the end of the excavation of a pair of iron pickax heads from the 1950s, stored within the tunnel for later use, proves the cave was looted,” he said.

Yes it was looted but who knows what those jars held. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here and make declarations that may not be accurate.  One of the complaints I have had from atheists is that believing archaeologists and investigators kick over a rock and call it a holy discovery. Christians are known for jumping the gun on many supposed discoveries and fail to do their work properly as they are too intent on proving the bible true or some other biblical agenda and then do sloppy work embarrassing themselves and the church.

Right now the cave is a disappointing discovery that could have held more scrolls

Gutfield said that even though no scrolls were found, the evidence is clear that scrolls were once stored in the cave.

“Those findings include the jars in which the scrolls and their coverings were hidden, a leather strap for binding the scroll, a cloth that wrapped the scrolls, tendons and pieces of skin connecting fragments, and more,” he said.

That is the other thing, archaeologists assume too much and think every discovery is virgin, meaning it is as they think it is untouched for centuries and as they conclude. They do not consider other possibilities when examining their find. In this case we may tend to agree with them but we will only go as far as saying it is a possibility and only a cave until proven otherwise.

If there were other DSS in that cave, we may already have them but their discovery is not germane to the faith. Our faith rests upon Jesus and God’s word not more DSS.

 

A.W. Tozer On Science

Taken from Mysteries of the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer pg. 132-33

Next there is science. Science is called upon to prove Christianity. We just came through one of those long tunnels, when the evangelical church was running to science to get some sort of help, not knowing that everything that is divine in Christianity is exactly what science has no technique for investigating. The thing science can investigate is not divine and the thing that is divine science cannot investigate. Science can make sputniks and science can make tape recorders. Science can do those things, but all of that is nothing. Christianity is a miracle, a wonderous thing out of heaven. It is something from the throne of God…And science knows nothing about that. Science stands back, looks it over and does not know what to say.

 

 

Absolutely Wrong

There will be no archaeology news this week, we apologize for that.

Even atheist Stephen Jay Gould… makes it clear in his book Rock of Ages that the natural sciences are entirely consistent with religious belief and thus one does not have to give up religious belief in order to be an honest scientist. (Why People Do Not Believe by Paul Chamberlain page 97)

What makes this wrong is that the late Mr. Gould and other humans are not God and they do not have a say in what is or isn’t compatible with biblical belief or teaching. God alone has that authority which is why he taught us about true and false teachers and teachings. You cannot hold to an evolutionary belief and a biblical view of origins, you must choose one or the other.

Evolution is wrong, a lie and not of God and this goes for any alternative to Genesis 1. “Christians’ who agree with Gould are misled, deceived and in error.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in academics, archaeology, astronomy, Bible, church, controversial issues, creation, faith, Genetics, history, leadership, science

 

Archaeology In The News 6 (+ science)

http://christiannews.net/2016/10/22/gold-coin-depicting-roman-emperor-nero-unearthed-in-israel/

A rare gold coin depicting Roman emperor Nero was unearthed in archaeological excavations just outside the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.

The coin was found in the excavations of the Mount Zion Project, codirected by Shimon Gibson, Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and James Tabor, Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity at UNC-Charlotte. This Nero coin is especially significant because it was discovered on a scientific excavation, so its findspot is clear.

The coin, called an aureus—the standard gold coin in ancient Rome, bears on its obverse side (see image above) a portrait of Nero and an inscription reading “NERO CAESAR AVG IMP” (Nero Caesar Augustus Imperator). Nero was Roman emperor from 54 to 68 C.E. On the Nero coin’s reverse side (see example below) appear an oak wreath surrounding the letters “EX S C” (Ex Senatus Consulto—“by order of the Senate”) as well as the inscription “PONTIF MAX TR P III” (Pontifex Maximus Tribunicia Potestas III).

http://christiannews.net/2016/10/17/evidence-of-a-young-moon-study-forces-scientists-to-rethink-lunar-dating-techniques/

Could the moon be younger than most realize? A new study shows that craters on the moon form quicker than previously thought, which means many features on the lunar surface are not as old as astronomers had predicted.

Astronomers at Arizona State University and Cornell University recently set out to measure the formation rate of craters on the moon. To do so, they compiled thousands of high-resolution “before and after” images of the moon’s surface captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The amount of time that elapsed between the before and after pictures varied, ranging from 176 to 1,241 days.

After collecting the images, the astronomers ran the photographs through computer software that identified any changes between the “before and after” images. The results showed that the moon’s surface as shown in the “after” images is spotted with more than 200 new craters that did not exist when the initial batch of photographs was captured.

“From this temporal dataset, we detected 222 new impact craters,” the astronomers wrote in a paper published by “Nature” on Thursday. The largest craters they identified were about 140 feet in diameter.

http://christiannews.net/2016/10/10/christian-scientist-fired-for-challenging-evolution-awarded-financial-settlement/

An evangelical Christian scientist who was fired after discovering evidence that seemingly contradicted the evolutionary timeframe has been awarded a generous settlement after taking his case to court.

As previously reported, Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN) who discovered soft tissues on a large triceratops horn that was believed to be at least 65 million years old. However, the discovery became mired in controversy when Armitage described his findings in a journal article.

“In the paper, I just presented the factual data,” Armitage said. “The only conclusions I drew were that ‘This needs to be investigated further. We have a lot of work to do.’”

Other scientists at the university were not pleased with Armitage’s discovery, evidently thinking that he was trying to promote evidence against evolution. His supervisor reportedly stormed into his lab on one occasion and shouted, “We will not tolerate your religion in this department!”

http://christiannews.net/2016/10/03/archaeologists-uncover-fascinating-evidence-of-bibles-king-hezekiah-in-israel/

Archaeologists digging out the ruins of an enormous ancient gate in Israel have discovered evidence that confirms one of the Old Testament’s historical accounts of King Hezekiah.

In January of this year, archaeologists began an archaeological excavation in Tel Lachish National Park, which is located in central Israel about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The park marks the site of the ancient city of Lachish, which is mentioned nearly two dozen times in the Bible and played a role in several biblical accounts.

Described by some archaeologists as the most important city in Judah after Jerusalem, Lachish was a prosperous and heavily-fortified center until the Assyrians destroyed it around 700 B.C.

Several decades ago, researchers partially uncovered the remains of an ancient gate at Lachish that is believed to be nearly 3,000 years old, dating back to Lachish’s prime during the First Temple period (1000-600 B.C.). City gates were important places in Bible times, because city leaders and government officials would regularly convene there.

 

Follow Me

We are going to look at 2 different passages that seem to be taken out of context but are not really as they partner together quite well. First we look at John 21: 19

19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

These words are echoed in Mark 1:17 and 2:24 when Jesus was calling his disciples along with being repeated in verse 22 of John 21:

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

People may try to restrict the usage of these words to Peter and the rest of the disciples but the actually apply to all those whom God created.  Jesus is calling everyone to follow him, not the best explanation, not private interpretation, not denominational ideologies but to follow him in all aspects of our lives. Whether it be our spiritual lives or our daily living we must follow Jesus in all aspects of life from the good times to emotional crimes to tragedies we must follow Jesus and his ways.

Jesus does not leave room for alternatives to be considered. He is to be followed and how do we know what to do, well our second passage of scripture 1 Tim. 3:14-15 gives us the right direction to learn where we find Jesus’ way to follow:

14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but [k]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [l]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.

These words of Paul may seem to be restricted to the instructions in 1 Timothy 3, and they do apply to those words, but they also direct our minds to see that those words apply to the rest of the Bible as well. The Bible was written so that we would know how to please God, what instructions and commands we are to follow and what we need to believe in order to live the Christian life correctly.  We need to know how to conduct ourselves in our lives thus the Bible was written so that we would know what we are to do.

This is one of the failures in the Progressive Christianity movement. They and other alternatives keep changing the word of God to fit their beliefs thus they no longer follow God’s words but their own. They do not follow Jesus but recreate Christianity to fit their ideological ideas. We cannot follow Jesus if we alter his words and you must remember that all of the Bible are God’s and Jesus’ words, not just the red letters.

All of the Bible was written so that we would have God’s instructions to follow not some subjective human ideas and those instructions as we said earlier cover all aspects of human life from the good times, to highly charged emotional crimes to tragedies. There are no exceptions so if you are unclear as to what those instructions are we suggest you get back to reading the Bible honestly, asking the HS to get you to the truth so that you know how to conduct yourselves, even in the area of raising your children.

We go for the truth, nothing else will do and Jesus promised that we would know the truth so there are no excuses if one opts for an interpretation or best explanation. If we want to live the Christian life correctly, then we follow God’s word as written and do not substitute those parts we do not like but learn from the HS how those difficult parts show God in action demonstrating his holiness and justness.

Follow Jesus in science, history and so many other areas of life as well as your private lives and you can’t go wrong

 

WWJD

You all know what those initials mean. They have been part of a Christian fad for many years now– what would Jesus do?  It s not a tough question to answer. He would obey his father and scripture and the two do not over-rule or contradict each other.  He also did it in every aspect of human life.

Jesus set the example for his followers to follow, we just need to do it correctly

 
 
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